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The inspiration for ‘What Aid Where’ came from seeing how much more effective we became when we networked with other aid organisations.
In operating a small aid group transporting medical teams around the remote islands of Vanuatu, we kept asking ourselves … “…if only each group could let all the other groups know WHAT they were doing, plus WHERE and WHEN they were doing it, so as to assist everyone in the planning process.”
A centralised website, where each group could upload their information and calendar of activities – initially and ongoing – seemed to be the most logical solution. So What-aid-where was born.
It’s all about linking organisations and volunteers for better results. Why not register your organisation now – there’s no cost.

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What Aid Where Exists

And the Crowd goes Mild!

The inspiration for ‘What Aid Where’ came from seeing how much more effective we became when we networked with other aid organisations. In operating a small aid group transporting medical teams around the remote islands of Vanuatu, we kept asking ourselves … “…if only each group could let all the other groups know WHAT they were doing, plus WHERE and WHEN they were doing it, so as to assist everyone in the planning process.” A centralised website, where each group could upload their information and calendar of activities – initially and ongoing – seemed to be the most logical solution. So What-aid-where was born. It’s all about linking organisations and volunteers for better results. Why not register your organisation now – there’s no cost.

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Stuff happened

and it was good

The inspiration for ‘What Aid Where’ came from seeing how much more effective we became when we networked with other aid organisations. In operating a small aid group transporting medical teams around the remote islands of Vanuatu, we kept asking ourselves … “…if only each group could let all the other groups know WHAT they were doing, plus WHERE and WHEN they were doing it, so as to assist everyone in the planning process.” A centralised website, where each group could upload their information and calendar of activities – initially and ongoing – seemed to be the most logical solution. So What-aid-where was born. It’s all about linking organisations and volunteers for better results. Why not register your organisation now – there’s no cost.

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The inspiration for ‘What Aid Where’ came from seeing how much more effective we became when we networked with other aid organisations. In operating a small aid group transporting medical teams around the remote islands of Vanuatu, we kept asking ourselves … “…if only each group could let all the other groups know WHAT they were doing, plus WHERE and WHEN they were doing it, so as to assist everyone in the planning process.” A centralised website, where each group could upload their information and calendar of activities – initially and ongoing – seemed to be the most logical solution. So What-aid-where was born. It’s all about linking organisations and volunteers for better results. Why not register your organisation now – there’s no cost.

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Pam brings Storian to an end

Robert Latimer

(Port Vila – Sunday 15 March 2015) Yesterday, Saturday, it was a case of shock, relief and a sense of disbelief at the widespread destruction resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam. Today, it’s sunny, still, hot and humid, and the reality of rebuilding, starting again, and in some cases dealing with the viloent and tragic loss of family members is hitting home. Mike and I were due to fly home this morning, but the airport is closed until further notice. The 3 day dental conference (Storian Blo Helti Tut) we were here to attend lasted 4 hours before proceedings were wound up on Thursday to allow people time to adequately prepare for the cyclone’s approach. A great disappointment, but a small issue compared with what many must now deal with in the aftermath. Given the number of yachts and boats that have gone aground (80% of the boats in the harbour by one report) after dragging their moorings I am very pleased “Chimere” is safely in her Hastings berth back in Victoria We are yet to hear news from the people and projects with whom we are connected, but early reports suggest the destruction is widespread across most of the 63 inhabited islands that comprise this country. It might take some to time to hear from the outer regions. Blessings, Rob Latimer and Mike Clarke.

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Reflections of a volunteer sailor

Ramon Rees

Reflections of a volunteer sailor – MSM 2013 Vanuatu Mission 1 by Ramon Rees Sunday 28 July 2013 When one reflects back on the range of experiences of an MSM Vanuatu mission, it is difficult to identify individual highlights, or for that matter, lowlights. My first thought is that the time went much quicker than I expected it to. Although I was glad to be heading home after four weeks, I struggled to identify where the time went. For anyone who has not experienced the islands of Vanuatu it is very difficult to picture the village life under which the Ni-Vans live. When you leave the environs of Port Vila, towns as we know them in the western world simply cease to exist. There are just small villages, often with less than one hundred people in them. Although there are usually a few buildings made with modern building materials, the bulk of the village buildings still exist the way they have for hundreds of years. There is usually little or no power, water or sewage yet the people do not see themselves as poor or underprivileged. They are subsistence villagers and this is simply the way they live. The Ni-Vans, almost without exception in our experience, are friendly, welcoming and happy. They were grateful for the services we provided and were unfailingly generous in their thanks in terms of providing meals and local produce to help sustain us during our stay. If one only visited one or two islands as part of a tour group, it would be easy to think this behavior was a façade developed for financial reasons. When one visits many different islands that are not part of the usual tourist route it is obvious that their overt friendliness is a part of their national identity. It was rare to walk down an island track without the residents; men, women and children alike, all smiling and greeting us as we passed. Our mission was not designed to try and change the way they live. It was simply to provide them with a little dental and medical care that they otherwise may not get and to help them out in any other way that we could in the brief time we were with them. I found it refreshing to be part of a team to do exactly that. To know that we made a difference to a simple subsistence spear fisherman whose mask was old and ragged and whose fins were simply old rubber thongs, was quite satisfying. We were surprised to see this handsome young man calling out from the water with a big grin on his face after that he had swum hundreds of metres out to our boat. He was searching for his spear gun that he had lost some hours previously but he was also offering to catch us fish and sell them at below market prices. To see his face light up as he gratefully accepted a brand new set of fins, mask and snorkel to allow him greater opportunity to make his living, was quite touching. It was satisfying to be part of a team that really had to work effectively together to accomplish the mission. Each member came with individual skills and experience to complement other team members and after the normal challenges of getting a team to pull together, its effectiveness continued to increase. As members of the sailing team, we often joked that we were simply the life support system for Fang, as we had labeled the dentist with us, as he traipsed from island to island building up his collection of teeth. That really is understating the scope of work he and the other members of the medical and dental team completed. They were often on the go from dawn to dusk in the conduct of their work, with little opportunity for sightseeing or relaxation. Noting the range of backgrounds and ages amongst the team members, and bearing in mind the close confines of a vessel like Chimere, it was gratifying to see how people adapted to the environment without overt signs of friction or discontent. There were numerous other occurrences, most of them too insignificant to note individually, that combined to make my experience of the July 2013 MSM Vanuatu mission something that I will hold dearly for many years to come. I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated. Ramon Rees

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A Long Way From Germany

Wenke Petters

A Volunteer’s Story… Vanuatu proves a long way from home for intrepid German dental volunteer Wenke Petters. My 4 Weeks as a Dental Volunteer in Vanuatu… When my last year of university was coming to an end, I was sure that I didn´t want to start working full time immediately. I wanted to have a break after 11 semesters of study, improve my English my skills away from Germany and get to know other cultures and lifestyles. While my friends were searching for jobs in Germany I was looking for an English speaking dental project, which I could join for a few weeks. I ended up getting in touch with Barry, Robert, Mike and Richard, members and founders of the ”Vanuatu Dental Care Service“. It seemed the perfect place to do some volunteer dental work in a place I had never visited (yet only heard of) before! In preparing for this trip I needed roughly 4 months to get everything organised. Naturally I had a lot of questions that needed answering, particularly whether my qualifications would be recognised internationally, and if so in what countries (for instance, I discovered I would not automatically qualify to work in Australia). Further, I needed to research what visa, insurance and vaccinations I needed in order to work in Vanuatu – it should be said though, that Barry, Robert and Mike helped me out a lot with all this. Beside that, I had a lot of personal questions in mind, like: how comfortable I would feel working as a dentist (straight out of Uni) without direct supervision; whether it would be easy to get to know other people in a completely different culture; would not being a native English speaker represent a problem; and whether patients would be willing to trust a young and recently graduated foreign dentist… Having weighed up all my concerns, I came to the conclusion that I wouldn´t know unless I gave it a try. And I certainly didn´t want to forego such a unique opportunity. So, I booked my flight and arrived in Port Vila in late April, having spent 6 days in Brisbane beforehand to recover from my jetlag. Upon arriving in Port Vila, Richard met me at the airport and made me feel welcome immediately. We went to his place, where I spend the next 4 weeks living with his family. I had my own nice apartment in their house with a big bedroom, kitchen and bathroom (no hot water). Before travelling to Vanuatu, I had considered staying in a resort, but chose to live with a local family. By doing so, I think I gathered a real insight into the life and culture of Vanuatu (something I might have missed had I not stayed with Richard and his family). Richard´s mum cooked nice food and I was grateful for the hospitality I was shown. On my first day at the clinic, I met the two dental assistants, Bob and Morinda and the whole team of the eye-clinic, which is located in the same building. My job was to help Barry and other dentists arriving in Vanuatu later in the year with starting an oral health study (Plaque Index dependent with oral hygiene). This involved applying fluoride varnish, or giving small fillings to grade one children at local schools. Bob, Morinda and I spent most mornings in different schools and talked with the children about oral health, how best to brush one´s teeth and examined one or two classes every morning. Our visits were something really new and exciting for a lot of the kids, and fortunately very few showed any anxiety toward treatment. Working with the kids was a lot of fun. Once the school visits were out of the way in the morning, we usually saw about 3 patients in the clinic most afternoons. Primarily we treated caries with fillings (often with composite or glass ionomer cement), provided professional tooth cleaning or extractions (by and large premolars, front teeth or loose molars). The practice was well equipped and all the tools easy to work with. Bob and Morinda were also invaluable assistants. It was a relief to know I could refer patient to the local hospital in Port Vila, if I was uncertain as to the best treatment available or they had a particularly complex problem. Because Vanuatu is a country made up of many small islands, during my stay I visited over 6 individual islands. Some of our work required us to go to other islands, but I also used my free time, such as on weekends to travel. Getting to some of the more distant islands (such as Ambae – one of the islands we went to as a team) required flying in some pretty small aircraft – which was a little harrowing to be honest (but I never felt unsafe). Particularly memorable free-time activities I embarked on were visiting the Cascade Falls, going to Hideaway Island (close and easy to get to from Port Vila), and (particularly as a huge finding nemo fan) snorkeling was always fantastic (fortunately I didn´t come across any Bruces!). As for some of the local cuisine, don´t miss out on coconut crab (a real highlight of the trip) – prepared traditionally by Richard and his family. As for the local people, I found everyone to be very approachable and helpful. Tips for future volunteers: 1. Start organising and preparing everything (i.e., administrative stuff) early – at least 6 months beforehand (particularly if you´re from outside Oceania – and need documents translated) 2. Get to know the locals, and avoid simply visiting the tourist hotspots – this way you´ll get to see sides to this exotic and amazing country you might otherwise not. 3. Don´t be afraid to approach people if you´re unsure about anything 4. Eat coconut crab (don´t be put off by the smell or look!!!) and try Kava 5. Check out the fire show (very impressive) and beach bar in Mele Enjoy the adventure! Wenke

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How I made this website

Matt

The story of how I made a website

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A new story

Matty L

Stuff

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Start organising and preparing everything (i.e., administrative stuff) early \u2013 at least 6 months beforehand (particularly if you\u00b4re from outside Oceania \u2013 and need documents translated)\r\n\r\n2. Get to know the locals, and avoid simply visiting the tourist hotspots \u2013 this way you\u00b4ll get to see sides to this\r\nexotic and amazing country you might otherwise not.\r\n\r\n3. Don\u00b4t be afraid to approach people if you\u00b4re unsure about anything\r\n\r\n4. Eat coconut crab (don\u00b4t be put off by the smell or look!!!) and try Kava\r\n\r\n5. Check out the fire show (very impressive) and beach bar in Mele\r\n\r\nEnjoy the adventure! 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